New Release Books by Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty is the author of Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales: Band 17/Diamond (Collins Big Cat) (2020), Wild Cat: Band 18/Pearl (Collins Big Cat) (2020), The Girl Who Saw Lions (2018), Far From Home: The sisters of Street Child (Street Child) (2015) and other 151 books.

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Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales: Band 17/Diamond (Collins Big Cat)

release date: Nov 23, 2020
Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales: Band 17/Diamond (Collins Big Cat)
Two spooky stories from double-Carnegie-winner, Berlie Doherty. Dark and atmospheric these two tales send a chill down the spine. A desolate winter moor is the backdrop to the first story of a haunting friendship, and, in the second, when the past comes back to haunt Charlie, it becomes impossible to tell what is real and what isn't.

Wild Cat: Band 18/Pearl (Collins Big Cat)

release date: Jul 01, 2020
Wild Cat: Band 18/Pearl (Collins Big Cat)
Build your child’s reading confidence at home with books at the right level

The Girl Who Saw Lions

release date: Jan 04, 2018
The Girl Who Saw Lions
Two girls, from very different places, are brought together in a tale of loss, courage and family. Abela has lost everything, and now she must leave her home in Tanzania and flee to Britain. Rosa's struggling to cope with her mum's wish to adopt a child. When they are brought together, will Abela and Rosa ever be able to love one another like sisters? From the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty, The Girl Who Saw Lions is a powerful and moving story, inspired by the author's visit to Africa.

Far From Home: The sisters of Street Child (Street Child)

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Far From Home: The sisters of Street Child (Street Child)
The sisters of STREET CHILD tell their story... A companion novel to bestselling story of Victorian orphan Jim Jarvis based on the founding of Dr Barnardo’s homes for children.

War Girls

release date: Jun 05, 2014
War Girls
As featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. 1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict. This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war. Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.

The Starburster Stories

release date: Oct 03, 2013
The Starburster Stories
Follow Tam on three exciting adventures to the land of Faery - where he'll battle castle nightmares, evil creatures and mischevious fairies! THE STARBURSTER At first, Tam isn't at all keen on his baby sister, Blue. But with a little inventive persuasion from Great-grandpa, Tam changes his mind. One terrible night, Blue is stolen - and an ugly fairy changeling is left in her place! It falls to Tam to journey to the magical land of Faery, return the changeling and win back Blue... THE HUMMING MACHINE Great-grandpa Toby is making so much NOISE! And if Tam can hear the clamour coming from his humming machine, the fairies will too. Soon enough, on the night of a blue moon, Great-grandpa vanishes. Tam must venture to Faery Land once more - but what will he find when he gets there? THE WINDSPINNER First the fairies took Tam's little sister, Blue. Then they took his Great-grandpa Toby. Now Tam has to keep a great secret - not only is Great-grandpa still in Faery as King, but the old King of the fairies, Oban, is now in Tam's world disguised as a boy Tam's age! At first, it's lots of fun having Oban and his magic around. He manages to charm everybody - even Tam's teacher at school. But then things start to go wrong . . . Three enchanting stories from much-loved, Carnegie Award-winning author Berlie Doherty. Young Corgi books are perfect for building reading confidence

The Humming Machine

release date: Jun 30, 2013
The Humming Machine
Great-grandpa Toby is making so much NOISE! And if Tam can hear the clamour coming from his humming machine, the fairies will too. And soon enough, on the night of a blue moon, Great-grandpa Toby vanishes without a trace. While battling nightmarish fairies and decoding the words of the Flame-Reader, Tam eventually discovers his Great-grandpa has been captured by the beautiful Damson Hag, and turned into a nine-year-old boy! Bewitched, fed only with rose petals, and mournfully playing the humming machine to himself, Great-grandpa Toby is tempted to stay in Faery Land and be young for ever... Unless Tam has anything to do with it.

Tilly Mint Tales

release date: Apr 30, 2013
Tilly Mint Tales
When Tilly's mum goes out to work, Mrs Hardcastle from up the street pops in to look after her. There are two special things about Mrs Hardcastle. The first thing is that she's always dropping off to sleep (she snores too, sometimes). The second special thing is that whenever she goes to sleep, something magic always seems to happen to Tilly Mint! Carnegie Medal winner Berlie Doherty's enchanting Tilly Mint tales are at last available in one complete collection with brand-new illustrations from Tony Ross.

Street Child (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics)

release date: Feb 14, 2013
Street Child (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics)
The unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes.

Classic Fairy Tales

release date: Sep 01, 2018
Classic Fairy Tales
The twelve stories in this collection Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin, the Fire-bird and Snow White are among the best-loved fairy tales of all. These classic stories have enthralled children all over the world for hundreds of years; but rarely, if ever, have they been presented as perfectly as here. Berlie Doherty's graceful, direct prose combines with Jane Ray's intensely beautiful pictures to create a most memorable read. Here is fairy tale magic for many a lifetime. Now reissued with a sumptuous new jacket.

Bella's Den

release date: May 01, 2018
Bella's Den
Bella, has a secret - one that she's very good at keeping. That secret is a den hidden on a little muddy hill, wild amid the trees. One night when camping the girls see a beautiful fox and her cubs trying to stay hidden like them. But when the secret is betrayed, a farmer threatens the foxes and it seems that Bella could leave without ever forgiving her best friend for what she has done... A beautifully told tale of the countryside, trust and loss, and friendship.

Walking on Air

release date: Jul 06, 2014
Walking on Air
A sparkling collection of poems from Twice-Carnegie Award winning author Berlie Doherty. These poems will make you laugh and make you cry. They tell you what it is to be you. They look into your secrets. They look into your dreams! Enter a world where fish swim in the sky and shimmer like stars. Visit the valley of the village of secrets, Run away with the circus school. Meet dodos, iguanas, hobgoblins and dragons, But watch out for killer plants and the terrifying Boggart! Praise for Berlie Doherty The Company of Ghosts Doherty's superb control of her material and her beautiful use of language have never been more perfectly combined than in this genuinely chilling ghost story ... Eerily atmospheric, emotionally authentic, this is a powerful and touching coming-of-age adventure with romance at its heart' Daily Mail Daughter of the Sea 'Tension, emotional honesty and more than a touch of cold northern poetry as well' Philip Pullman Deep Secret - Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Award 'Beautifully written and compulsively readable, a must for young teens.' Independent Dear Nobody - Winner of Carnegie Medal and turned into stage production and BBC Drama 'Quite simply outstanding' Independent Abela 'Abela is a character who leaps out of the pages and with whom every child who reads the book will identify. Doherty's enormously impressive achievement is to make adult subjects ... understandable for young readers without once talking down to them. She transports us to both Sheffield and Africa... It is an involving, moving and above all, relevant novel that ought to be in every school library in the land and put into the hands of as many children as possible.' Adele Geras, the Guardian Street Child 'An exciting, moving story of the appalling conditions of Victorian London and the deprivation suffered by those who often, through no fault of their own lived lives of abject poverty and danger' Books for Keeps

Blue John

release date: Feb 01, 2017
Blue John
A spell-binding tale of magic and mysticism for young readers that explores the wonder of nature, from award-winning Berlie Doherty.

The Snow Queen: A Magic Beans Story

release date: Dec 22, 2011
The Snow Queen: A Magic Beans Story
The mischievous imps' magic mirror has frozen Kay's heart, turning him into a miserable prisoner of the Snow Queen. His best friend, Gerda, is racing barefoot across Lapland to save him - together they must find the secret of the universe and sing their way home, before Kay's heart becomes cold and black forever. This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children. This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.

Joe and the Dragonosaurus

release date: Jul 01, 2015
Joe and the Dragonosaurus
Heartwarming adventure from double Carnegie winner.

Rapunzel

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Rapunzel
Available for the first time as a paperback picture book, this exquisitely illustrated re-telling of 'Rapunzel' is a must for any child's library. 'Rapunzel' is one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time. Retold by Berlie Doherty, this enchanting story is beautifully illustrated by award-winning Jane Ray. It is a fairy tale magic to treasure forever.

Requiem

release date: Aug 01, 2014
Requiem
Set in rural Ireland and later in Venice, 'Requiem' is the powerful and haunting story of a young woman's search for self-fulfilment as she struggles against both the love of her close Irish family and the seductive discipline of her convent upbringing.

Snowy

release date: Feb 01, 2014
Snowy
Rachel loves living on a narrowboat. There are so many things she loves about it but most of all Rachel loves Snowy, the big and beautiful boat horse. When her teacher asks the class to bring in their pets, what can Rachel do?

The Goblin Baby

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Goblin Baby
After nine-year-old Tam's baby sister is stolen away by faeries and replaced by a goblin baby, he must journey to the land of the faeries to retrieve her and bring her back home. Simultaneous.

Treason

release date: Oct 21, 2011
Treason
Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favourite, Will gains many enemies in Court. His enemies convince the King that Will's father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison. Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will's father free.

The Wild Swans

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Wild Swans
Available for the first time as a paperback picture book, this exquisitely illustrated re-telling of 'The Wild Swans' is a must for any child's library. 'The Wild Swans' is one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time. Retold by Berlie Doherty, this enchanting story is beautifully illustrated by award-winning Jane Ray. It is a fairy tale magic to treasure forever.

Daughter of the Sea

release date: Oct 03, 2013
Daughter of the Sea
The only life Gioga has ever known is that of a fisherman's daughter on remote Hamna Voe. But as a baby she was a gift of the sea to childless Munroe and Jannet, and now the Lord of the Oceans wants her back. Torn between her love for her adopted parents and her strange attraction to the seal people, which will she choose - the sea or the land? From the traditional folk-tale of the selkie, award-winning author Berlie Doherty has created her own lyrical and timeless story of a young girl's search for her true identity.

Deep Secret

release date: Oct 03, 2013
Deep Secret
Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same. 'There's another world in there.' 'We could float in and out of it.' Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike they seem like one person, even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.

The Company of Ghosts

release date: Oct 03, 2013
The Company of Ghosts
It was a seascape, moody with rocks and cliffs and wild showers of spray. Ellie’s own reflection was drawn into it, like a ghost image among the lights and shadows. ‘That’s our island,’ Morag said. ‘It looks mysterious.’ ‘It is. That’s where we’re going tomorrow.’ Ellie is excited to be going with Morag’s family to their beautiful island, but when she finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song; more and more she becomes aware that she is not really on her own. 'We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence.' Sunday Telegraph

Abela

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Abela
Be strong, my Abela. These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/Aids stricken African village, where it seems that to live or to die, to be sick or to be healthy, is just a matter of chance. It takes all Abela's strength to survive her Uncle Thomas's scheming to get to Europe, but what will be her fate as an illegal immigrant? I don't want a sister or brother, thinks Rosa in England, when her mother tells her that she wants to adopt a child. Could these two girls ever become sisters? Is there room in Rosa's family for an African orphan haunted by lions? Is there room in their hearts?

Children of Winter

release date: Mar 30, 2007
Children of Winter
Catherine and her family are out for a walk when a sudden storm blows up. The children take shelter in a deserted barn which seems strangely familiar, although they have never been there before. As the daylight fades, Catherine senses the secrets of the surrounding hills press in upon her, secrets from another, older time.

Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag

release date: Nov 10, 2011
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag
Magic beans. Sow them. Plant them. Watch children grow. 'If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!' - Shel Silverstein, Poet Each and every one of the stories in this anthology is a magic bean: a wondrous tale that will capture your imagination. Prepare to be dazzled by Rapunzel's golden tresses. Prepare to be moved by the suffering of the Little Mermaid. Prepare to laugh yourself silly as 'Mr Sultana' struggles to get the better of a little red rooster! Lovingly crafted by the finest authors and illustrators, these 'magic beans' will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain.

Haunted

release date: Oct 21, 2011
Haunted
Derek Landy, Philip Reeve, Joseph Delaney, Susan Cooper, Eleanor Updale, Jamila Gavin, Mal Peet, Matt Haig, Berlie Doherty, Robin Jarvis and Sam Llewellyn have come together to bring you eleven ghost stories: from a ghost walk around York; to a drowned boy, who's determined to find someone to play with; to a lost child trapped in a mirror, ready to pull you in; to devilish creatures, waiting with bated breath for their next young victim; to an ancient woodland reawakened. Some will make you scream, some will make you shiver, but all will haunt you gently long after you've put the book down.

Sleeping Beauty

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Sleeping Beauty
"Sleeping Beauty is one of the best-loved fairy tales. This title presents a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty . --Publisher description.
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